Hurst Morris People
Hurst Morris People – how we keep our traditional dancing alive
Hurst Morris People bring the joy of traditional English dancing to audiences in our home village – and across the country. At the same time we’re having enormous fun ourselves.
We work hard at our autumn and winter practices at Hurst Village Hall to get our dances and music the best they can be.
Our super teachers make the Thursday evenings and occasional weekend daytime practices enjoyable and helpful. There’s plenty of laughter – and we keep fit.
Each autumn we hold taster sessions for everyone to have a go at morris dancing and music.
We’re happy to welcome people with or without experience of morris dancing. We’re men and women of all backgrounds and age groups. We hold social events like our annual barn dance and our Christmas dinner.
Hurst Morris, known as HuMP, was started in 1989 by Christine and Rose Taylor of Hurst. Christine continues to dance with the side.
We dance at village and church fetes, pubs and events like Hurst Show and Country Fair and Henley Show. We also perform at residential homes, harvest suppers and different clubs. We love to get our audiences dancing.
Major folk festivals at places like Swanage, Evesham, Wimborne, and Rochester are other highlights of our year. We've danced in Hurst’s panto, at Hampton Court, Trafalgar Square and the Millennium Dome, and also in the United States, Brittany and Ireland.
We share our passion for morris dancing and have taught Scouting and Girlguiding groups, schoolchildren, WIs, Rotary Clubs and others to morris dance.